Stories of Struggle and Success in Our Schools

We are parents, teachers, students and community members with stories to tell. We want to rise above the politics and news headlines and talk about what’s working and what needs to improve for Chicago’s kids.

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Here’s Why I Sold My House So My Transgender Son Could Attend An Affirming High School

I’m the father of a transgender child. Since 2014, my child’s preferred name has been Dave. One high school he attended affirmed his identity; the other did not. The difference affected Dave’s physical safety, mental health and academic achievement. The first sign of trouble I was aware of was at Dave’s freshman homecoming dance at his high school in Chicago’s…

Your Long Thanksgiving Read: Be Many Things

Editor’s Note: Guest author Sean Healy, a Chicago high school administrator and volunteer teacher in Cook County Jail, shares his story, “Be Many Things.” It’s a long read that will remind you of the many possibilities inherent in human beings of all ages. Be Many Things   The Cook County Jail’s maximum security division smells like the bathroom of a…